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  • Connection Beijing->Vancouver->Portland, OR
    Jun 25, 2016
    my dad is coming from USA on Air Canada flight. He will fly from Beijing to YVR, then take Air Canada Express to Portland, OR USA. He has check-in luggage. Does he needs to go through US custom at YVR? Does he need to claim his luggage at YVR, then check it In again?


    He will go straight to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Vancouver where he will go through US Immigration, claim his bags, go through US Customs, re-check his bags at the re-check desk, and go through security.


  • Returning to the US with 2 connections in Canada
    Jun 21, 2016
    A friend and I are traveling to Australia and will be returning BNE-YVR. I am flying to Seattle (BNE-YVR-SEA), so I assume I will proceed directly to US customs in YVR. I have a 1h35m layover. My friend is flying to Pittsburgh with another stop in Toronto (BNE-YVR-YYZ-PIT). He has a 2h15m layover. What will the customs/immigration procedure in YVR and/or YYZ be for him?


    In YVR he will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs. In YYZ he will proceed to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance where his bags will be waiting for him.


  • Connection advice needed
    Jun 21, 2016
    I am flying AC34 Syd-YYR which stops in YVR. At YYR I connect to AC 722 to LGA. Will I make an international to Canada connection in YVR, or is it international to USA in YVR? Do I collect my bags at any point or are they checked through to LGA? Thank you


    You will go through Canadian Immigration and customs in Vancouver and US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Toronto (YYZ, not YYR). You will claim your bags in Toronto.


  • Connection HKG-YVR-JFK
    May 30, 2016
    Hello, I am connecting in YVR. I will be arriving from Hong Kong on an Air Canada flight. My connecting flight is Cathay Pacific flight CX888 to New York JFK. This is all booked on 1 ticket. During the 6 hour layover, I will leave the airport and go into Vancouver. CX888 is not subject to preclearance but Customs is done on arrival at JFK. My question is does my luggage have to be picked up if I leave the airport or will it be automatically transferred to JFK?


  • Unaccompanied minor transferring through YVR to YYZ
    May 27, 2016
    We have a grandson age 16 transferring from PDX through YVR to join us at YYZ on the way to Italy. It looks like he will have to go through Canadian C&I in Vancouver before the domestic leg to YVR - is that correct? Is there anything we should advise him about to prep him for navigating this on his own (documents, baggage, terminals, etc)? Thanks for any help and tips.


    Sorry! That should read ."... before the domestic leg to YYZ ..."


  • Missing my connecting flight
    May 26, 2016
    I am travelling from Montreal to Vancouver, but the cheapest ticket was from Montreal to Seattle with layover in Vancouver. Therefore, I am planning to intentionally miss my connection flight to Seattle. One thing I'm worried about is the checked in baggage. Would I be able to pick up my checked in baggage in Vancouver? Thanks.


  • enough time to clear customs?
    May 25, 2016
    I am flying from Portland, OR to YVR with a 1 hour 26 minute layover until boarding a flight to YYZ. Is that enough time to go through customs with 2 little kids in tow? TIA


  • Recheck luggage needed?
    May 23, 2016
    I'm flying from LAX to YVR with Air Canada and then to China with Air China. It's under one reservation. Do I need to pick up my luggage and recheck at YVR? What would be the process like? Thanks!


  • Connecting flight and luggage
    Jun 4, 2016
    I have never had to take a connecting flight before and I am wondering if I need to collect my luggage and recheck it. I am connecting through Vancouver from Toronto to Honolulu on West Jet. Will I need to clear my luggage with US customs or will it be sent ahead since both flights are with the same airline?


    I am flying Toronto to Vancouver on West Jet (Air Miles) and then Air New Zealand to Auckland. My layover is a couple of hours (if the plane is on time). I understand I have to clear Canadian customs. They tell me that I also have to pick up my bags. Can someone explain the process, please, and tell me if timing will be a problem. Thanks.


  • Luggage collection when connecting flights
    May 18, 2016
    I have never had to make a connecting flight before. I am travelling West Jet to Hawaii, connecting through Vancouver from Toronto. Do I need to collect my luggage and then clear US customs and recheck my bags or will they be forwarded since it is the same airline?


    Your bags will be waiting for you in US Immigration and customs preclearance.


  • SYD -YVR-LAX Connetiocn times
    May 18, 2016
    Hi I will be arriving in YVR on my way to LAX with 1.25HR Layover, Would I need to clear any customs/Immigration at YVR airport before we board the connecting flight o LAX. Will my Bags be Interlined Woudl 1.25Hrs connection enough for us to get to the departure gate. Appreciate your response. I am an Australian Citizen.


    You will proceed directly to US Immigration and Customs preclearance when you arrive in Vancouver. Your bags will be waiting for you there. You should have just enough time.


  • 2 hours enough to make international connection?
    May 19, 2016
    US citizens flying AlaskaAir from SEA to YVR 04/02/2017, arriving at 11:59PM, then flying CathayPacific to HKG at 02:05AM. Planning only carry-ons but could check luggage through if necessary. Is this connection time OK or too short?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Many thanks, ZAP.


  • Connection time - domestic flight to international
    May 18, 2016
    I'm due to fly into Vancouver from Castlegar which gets me in 2 hours before my flight from Vancouver to London, UK.The flights are on different airlines (Air canada & West Jet). Is this enough time to get to the gate? Any advice appreciated!


    Without checked bags this should be no problem. With checked bags it'ls a bit more difficult but possible.


  • Baggage pick up during transfer in YVR?
    May 18, 2016
    My mother is flying from SEA (Seattle) to YVR and then from YVR to Shanghai PVG. Does she need to pick up her luggage during transfer and go through the custom?


    If all tickets are on the same reservation she just has to go through Canadian passport control and to her departure gate.


  • Is 1 hour and 15 minutes enough to connect a flight to Hong Kong
    May 11, 2016
    Hi, my parents will fly to Hong Kong from Toronto with a connection flight in Vancouver. Both flights are with Air Canada. My understanding is that there is no custom to go through. Does anyone know if 1 hour and 15 minutes enough? Does the baggage need to be picked up and checked in again in Vancouver?


    All they have to do in Vancouver is walk from their arrival gate to their departure gate. They have enough time.


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